Start your outdoor adventure by learning the basics of how to take care of yourself and the environment when you're exploring the outdoors, preparing a snack without a fire, tying basic knots, making a sit-upon, hiking a local park, caring for a scraped knee, and more.
Camp and Outdoors
You live in a world of screens—smartphone! laptop! TV! tablet!—and sometimes you just want to get away from it all. We get it. That’s why you can focus your whole Girl Scout experience on getting outdoors.
You’ll develop the kind of outdoor skills it’s hard to get anywhere else. Skills like building a campfire, pitching a tent, or canoeing across a lake.
Hey, how about adding some horseback riding, rock climbing, and archery to the mix? Round things out with a ropes course, some zip lining, and maybe a week-long back-country trek, and you’ll find out how much fun it can be to unplug and explore the world around you.
Within the heart of every Girl Scout is the desire to discover and explore her world. At Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Outdoor Adventures challenge girls to become future leaders who are adaptable and experienced, and who explore the great outdoors and beyond.
Want to embrace the outdoors with your troop but not sure where to start? The Outdoor Progression Patch (shown above) will walk you through the steps to leading your troop to outdoor success. Join the single match club, learn survival skills, go from “glamper” to backpacker – seven levels will keep you and your troop busy learning and becoming Masters of the Outdoors.
Download the full curriculum here, or click on the menu below to learn about each level of the patch.
Level 1: Fire Starter
Level 2: Nature Novice
Level 3: Adventurer
Level 4: Intermediate Camper
Level 5: Outdoor Explorer
Level 6: Expert Camper
Level 7: Master of the Outdoors
Pack your bags for a grand outdoor journey! The Intrepid Journey program was started here at Girl Scouts of Central Texas in 2014, and is designed just for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.
Undertake your own intrepid journey: plan an expedition to a place you choose, research the environmental issues there, learn how to live responsibly in the wild, create your own notebook of what you find there. As you go through the steps of this journey, you'll become a real expert on your location. Show your true outdoor spirit by earning all three levels of the Journey: Terra, Alea, and Indagatrix.
Sleep outside under the stars, climb the tallest mountain, and explore your world with Girl Scouts on this one-of-a-kind Journey created by and for Girl Scouts looking for adventure of all kinds.
|Backcountry Camps||Ignite your inner wild by taking a step into the backcountry with only what you have on your back. Maybe you’ll see a bear, a shooting star, or a 50-foot waterfall. Whitewater raft, rock climb, and experience the outdoors like you never have before at this one-of-a-kind summer camp.|
|Explore Texas||Within its five ecosystems, Texas has so much beauty and nature exploration to offer. Let’s go explore the mountains in west Texas, the beach, the plains, and even the forests! For shorter trips, the Explore Texas series allows girls to see new parts of the great state they call home.|
Parents, enjoy your extra free time! Girl Scouts is known for developing courage, confidence, and character in girls – and to better serve our girls we provide all of the trained and qualified volunteers on our treks. These independent experiences allow girls to try new things, meet new people, and have a valuable leadership experience. Parents are allowed to go on treks as volunteers but are not allowed to attend with their child. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the volunteers leading each trek.
High Adventure Team (HAT) is a troop designed for Girl Scouts who want to get outside. Want to join a HAT troop? Look below for a list of outdoor-focused troops to find one near you! Want to start your own HAT troop? Email email@example.com for more information.
Are you a leader of an outdoor-focused interest group? Fill out this form to get your name on the list. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing.
Current Active HAT Troops
|Name||Contact information||Location||Accepting new members|
|Midtown Adrenaline Junkies||Steph Driggers |
|Midtown Service Unit, North Central Austin||Yes|
|Lost Pines HAT – Troop 1100||Alicia Gust |
|Lost Pines Service Unit, Bastrop County||Yes|
|Central Bell Service Unit HAT||Diana Wilbert |
|Central Bell Service Unit, Temple and Belton Area||Yes|
|Troop 1067||Karen Miller |
|Midtown Service Unit, North Central Austin||Yes|
|Troop 1510||Juliee Beyt
|Midtown Service Unit, North Central Austin||No|
|InTents||Elizabeth Poprik |
Gear is available for rent at the Kodosky Service Center. Check out a backpack, camp stoves, archery equipment, and more!
Girl Scouts Outdoor Adventures works hard to bring opportunities to girls all over the Council with one-of-a-kind programs specifically for Girl Scouts. Check out the following for a few programs offered year-round. There are many other programs not listed here that you can find on the GSCTX Events Calendar to register for through Ebiz.
|Backcountry Camp: Colorado||CSA||Get lost in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, whitewater raft the Poudre, and enjoy taking a stroll through the mountain town of Estes Park. You might even see a bear!|
|Adopt a Creek – St Edwards Park||All Ages||Help keep Zilker Cabin in the family. Come out and help clean up the creek and learn a little bit about the St. Edwards Aquifer.|
|Sasquatch Dash Adventure Race||JCSA||Race against your fellow Girl Scout sisters for the Golden Sasquatch! Complete various outdoor challenges including orienteering, first aid, and knots.|
|Mountain Biking||CSA||Hit the trails on a mountain bike provided by the Austin Ridge Riders. Learn biking basics and maintenance, and gain real experience whirring through the trees at parks around the Hill Country.|
|Cast Iron Cook-off||CSA||Your troop has been known to cook a mean cobbler in a dutch oven, and you’ve found yourself cooking for your service unit campouts. Come show off your mad skills at the Cook Off and show other Girl Scouts how it’s done! Area-specific competitions will appoint the first-place winner to represent them in the Council-Wide Cast Iron Cook Off Competition.|